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Martha Berry tells why the students stay at school for Christmas. She discusses the work at Pilgrim Hall. She tells of the barrack that was housing some of the boys and how it burned. Berry explains the need of a fire-proof dormitory. She also thanks Mrs. Hammond for the books she sent her.
Martha Berry thanks Mr. Bacon for his $50 gift and for his letter of encouragement. She notes that work on the new dormitory is in progress, but that there are not enough funds to complete it. The boys are in the barracks, but the barracks are unsuitable for the winter.
A letter from B. Bonner telling Mrs. Williams that Martha Berry wanted a reference of the 25th Anniversary to be put in the Highlander, as well as having pictures of the barracks that is being constructed be used to garner dormitory funds.
Martha Berry writes to A. B. Dick to inform him of the receipt of his generous gift of $100 and to "hasten to send my heartfelt thanks." She reflects on the great need plaguing the Schools and her summer spent trying to raise funds to rebuild the dormitory destroyed by fire. With no major contributions to this fund, she still hopes to have a roof on the incomplete building before cold weather sets in.